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STEVENS: FULL OF CONFIDENCE

16 September 2016

Pompey in buoyant mood ahead of Accrington test

Pompey have made the trip north full of belief ahead of Saturday’s clash with Accrington (3pm kick-off).

Paul Cook’s side go into the game on the back of four successive league victories against Colchester, Exeter, Crawley and Wycombe.

They will look to make that five at the Wham Stadium against a Stanley side currently down in 16th position.

And Enda Stevens believes the impressive run can continue if they keep playing with plenty of urgency.

The left-back said: “We’ve gained a lot of confidence from our recent run of results and hopefully we can keep that going.

“Wins are wins – you get three points for each one and that’s all that matters. We just need to make sure we keep up that level of performance.

“We’ve been playing with a lot more tempo and fewer passes around the back to put pressure on our opponents. It lifts the crowd.

“It’s something we’ve been working on a lot in training. We’re sticking to the game-plan and that seems to be working.

“We’re not going to get too carried away, though, because there’s still a long, long way to go this season. It’s important that we stay focused and just take each game as it comes along.”

Pompey produced one of their best performances to win 3-1 at Accrington back in March, but Stevens does not believe that has any bearing on Saturday’s match.

He said: “That’s last season and it will be a totally different challenge this time. We know their threat and will have to respect that.”

The Blues have yet to concede in the second half of a League Two game, but Stevens still feels they can do better.

“That’s a good stat,” he said. “We just need to stop conceding goals in the first now and we’ll be fine!”

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